In monitoring progress in the delivery of SVC recommendations to the Scottish Government it is important to consider the impact on those I aim to support, namely veterans and their families. Their lives should benefit from the changing policy and practices that result from these recommendations.

The action necessary to make things better can be complex, often calling for joined-up thinking and collaboration across different agencies and change doesn’t happen overnight but we are starting to see real improvement. That is down to the effort of many individuals and organisations who have got behind the recommendations and worked together to influence and deliver change. That should be acknowledged and celebrated.

We do not yet have good enough Scotland level data to be able to measure and report progress in a quantitative way, with numbers. That is my hope for the future, once we have data from the 2022 Census and the annual Scottish Household Surveys. What we can do for now is report qualitative progress, on the basis of the evidence and observations which were used to assess progress on SVC recommendations.

This separate report on impact sets out all SVC recommendations fully achieved as at September 2023. Many more have progressed and are showing as partially implemented or implemented but work should continue to embed in my main progress report.

You can view all SVC recommendations fully achieved below.

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It's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, which aims to tackle stigma and encourages people to understand and prioritise mental health. 

While anyone can face challenges with their mental health, self-stigma levels are higher among veterans. To help address this, @seemescotland's The Guard campaign features the real stories and experiences of veterans who have struggled with their mental health to encourage other veterans to seek help more quickly. 

You can learn more about the campaign here: https://www.seemescotland.org/priority-groups/veterans

If you need urgent help, you can find out about available support here: https://www.seemescotland.org/urgent-help
It's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, which aims to tackle stigma and encourages people to understand and prioritise mental health. While anyone can face challenges with their mental health, self-stigma levels are higher among veterans. To help address this, @seemescotland's The Guard campaign features the real stories and experiences of veterans who have struggled with their mental health to encourage other veterans to seek help more quickly. You can learn more about the campaign here: https://www.seemescotland.org/priority-groups/veterans If you need urgent help, you can find out about available support here: https://www.seemescotland.org/urgent-help
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I visited the award-winning Veterans Garden in Dumfries today, a warm, welcoming place where veterans can relax and be themselves, make friends, and access support if they need it. As well as growing flowers and veg, there are chickens, a woodwork shop and a new beehive. I really enjoyed meeting some of the veterans and community members (and their dogs!) over a cup of tea and hearing how much this group means to them.
I visited the award-winning Veterans Garden in Dumfries today, a warm, welcoming place where veterans can relax and be themselves, make friends, and access support if they need it. As well as growing flowers and veg, there are chickens, a woodwork shop and a new beehive. I really enjoyed meeting some of the veterans and community members (and their dogs!) over a cup of tea and hearing how much this group means to them.
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From attending the @ctppartnerprogramme Employment Fair and marking the fifth anniversary of Scotland's Bravest Manufacturing Company, to meeting with the Female Veterans Transformation Programme about ensuring the voices of women veterans in Scotland are heard, April was another busy month. 

Read more in my monthly news round-up - Link in bio 🔗
From attending the @ctppartnerprogramme Employment Fair and marking the fifth anniversary of Scotland's Bravest Manufacturing Company, to meeting with the Female Veterans Transformation Programme about ensuring the voices of women veterans in Scotland are heard, April was another busy month. Read more in my monthly news round-up - Link in bio 🔗
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On #VEDay we remember and honour those who served during WWII to achieve peace in Europe, and reflect on the sacrifices they made so that we could live the lives we lead today. 

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On #VEDay we remember and honour those who served during WWII to achieve peace in Europe, and reflect on the sacrifices they made so that we could live the lives we lead today. #LestWeForget
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